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Flora And Fauna

A great percentage of Papua New Guinea's land mass is covered with a dense blanket of rainforest - an exotic tangle of vines, creepers, flowers, plants and trees. Wild orchids blaze against a verdant green background of rainforest canopy. Papua New Guinea has a greater number of orchid species than any country in the world.

Bird life is prolific. The most famous is the Bird of Paradise. Of the 43 known species of Birds of Paradise, 38 are found in Papua New Guinea. These brilliantly coloured birds perform bizarre ritualistic and mating dances and were hunted by early traders for their feathers.

Most animals in Papua New Guinea are marsupials, relatives of those found in Australia.

Although not indigenous to Papua New Guinea, pigs are valuable source of food and an important status symbol among Highlands tribal people. Rusa deer are a more recent arrival, brought into the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya by Dutch colonists, they crossed into the southwest part of the country around Western and Gulf Provinces.

There are about 200 species of reptiles, including thirteen different turtle species and 100 different types of snakes.
Papua New Guinea has a multitude of insects. In 1978 the Insect Farming and Trading Agency, at Bulolo in Morobe Province, was established by the PNG Division of Wildlife to initiate and control the local insect farming industry and further market it overseas. It ensures strict controls of quality and accompanying scientific data. It is the only organisation permitted by the Papua New Guinean Government to farm and trade insects.
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